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Nico Vega: “I Believe (Get Over Yourself)”

2014 April 23
by Emily Hill

Pretty sure we’re due for another awesome song and Nico Vega’s “I Believe (Get Over Yourself)” is just that. I thank my friend and fellow Imagine Dragons fan Stephanie for introducing me to Nico Vega. And then introducing me to Egyptian, a project that pairs Nico Vega lead singer Aja Volkman with husband Dan Reynolds, lead singer of aforementioned Imagine Dragons.

Nico Vega puts out some pretty serious (literally and figuratively) music. My current faves are “Beast” (get ready for some serious headbanging), “Be Giving” (more headbanging), and “Gravity” (a bit on the lighter side). Oh, and let’s not forget “We Are the Art.” I absolutely LOVE that one.

Don’t be surprised if “I Believe (Get Over Yourself)” becomes your personal anthem. It became mine the minute I heard it.


Nico Vega — “I Believe (Get Over Yourself)


Previous music faves:


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This girl ain’t got time for added bulk

2014 April 22
by Emily Hill

Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and U by Kotex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #UbyKotex http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

I’m not talking about muscle. Believe you me, I’ve got time—and lately the room—for some added bulk in that department.

I blame a too-late bedtime and too-busy days for skipping the weight room post spin class and pre yoga class.

But before I go any further, I must warn you. We’re gonna border on the TMI in this post, so if you’d rather not talk about menstrual-related issues, you should probably stop reading now because that bulk I don’t have time for? It has everything to do with maxi pads.

Yep. This girl who lives at the gym five times a week doesn’t have time for bulky feminine products cramping my style (pardon the pun). I honestly don’t know how anyone can kick box, step, Zumba, run, downward dog, or cycle a fast flat wearing extra padding…and I’m not talking about what might be found in a workout tank.

Don’t get me wrong, you’ll find super absorbent maxi pads under my bathroom sink and the sinks of my two teenage daughters but you won’t find them in my gym bag. Or in my workouts. Not only would a maxi pad shift and shimmy and fill me with anxiety about its ability to cover me while in crow pose, it would add yet another layer of padding to my already awkward cycling shorts (see photo). And what girl wants that?


U by Kotex Sleek tampons 4

Since pads are out, that leaves the ever faithful tampon. I’ve been through my fair share of tampons and I can honestly say the Kotex brand is my favorite. Not kidding. They’ve always provided me with the best coverage no matter the sport or water park. I found these U by Kotex Sleek tampons at my local Walmart—it’s true…I’m a sucker for their “everyday low prices.” I snatched them up in part due to the bonus of 3 Goody hair elastics (for my girls’ hair…duh) and in part due to their snazzy packaging.


U by Kotex

U by Kotex Sleek tampons

That packaging makes them go from awkward to awesome in the event they fall out of my bag. Plus they almost look adorable wrapped in one of those Goody hair elastics.


U by Kotex Sleek tampons

You should probably head to your local Walmart and pick up a box or two of U by Kotex Sleek tampons before the in-store promotion featuring those super cute Goody hair elastics ends. You can also find them on select boxes of U by Kotex Cleanwear pads (with wings!), but I wouldn’t recommend wearing those to the gym especially if you’re going to be sitting on one of these:


spin cycling class

And burning some of these:


Polar heart rate monitor

Not only can you check out U by Kotex at your local Walmart, you can also check them out online at UbyKotex.com. Want more U by Kotex Sleek-ness? Tweet with them on Twitter, “like” them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram.

Their Instagram feed is kind of a lot of fun…and free of TMI. Plus their Facebook has a breakup song playlist. How awesome is that?!


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Birth stories & the best family photos EVER

2014 April 18
by Emily Hill

If you’re a friend of mine on Facebook or follow my ITRML Facebook page, you’ve seen the amazing family photos my friend Kim Orlandini took of us in October. In fact, she takes such amazing photos that every time I catch one of her birth stories, my ovaries start aching.

But back to the family photos. If my ovaries are going to ache, I’d prefer to wait until the end. Aching ovaries are distracting.

I was in need of an updated family photo for our canvas wall, plus I had high hopes of sending out Christmas cards before Valentine’s Day (so didn’t happen), so I booked a session with Kim and then began the hunt for what to wear.

Fortunately our local Swiss Days provided Livi’s skirt, which I used to coordinate the rest of our outfits for our family photos.

Family photos by Kim Orlandini Photography

Photo by Kim Orlandini


I pulled together the family and the outfits.

Kim Orlandini took the family and the outfits and turned them into some of the most amazing family photos EVER.

Family photos by Kim Orlandini

Photo by Kim Orlandini

Family photos by Kim Orlandini

Photo by Kim Orlandini

Family photos by Kim Orlandini

Photo by Kim Orlandini

Family photos by Kim Orlandini

Photo by Kim Orlandini

Family photos by Kim Orlandini

Photo by Kim Orlandini


I kid you not when I say we had over 100 photos that were just as jaw dropping as the ones I’ve shared.

These two were my most favorite.

Family photos by Kim Orlandini

Photo by Kim Orlandini

Family photos by Kim Orlandini

Photo by Kim Orlandini


Kim even gave me my latest and greatest profile pic used on pretty much all my social media platforms.

Family photos by Kim Orlandini

Photo by Kim Orlandini


And now let’s bring on those ovarian ache-inducing birth stories. Kim Orlandini recently did my friend Stephanie’s birth story. I asked her if she wouldn’t mind sharing a handful of photos so I could try to convey to you just how priceless Kim’s birth stories are.

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography

Birth story by Kim Orlandini Photography


SEE WHAT I MEAN?! Full-on makes you want to have another baby. Or a do-over for each one of your current children. Yes, Kim’s birth stories are so stunning—not to mention priceless—I am (almost) willing to go through childbirth again.

And I did natural childbirth with all four.

Oh, and this is my beautiful, talented, inspiring Kim Orlandini. You should get to know her.


Kim Orlandini

To see more examples of Kim’s birth story photography, you can find them here, here and here. You may want to grab a box of Kleenex while you’re at it.

To learn more about Kim Orlandini Photography and schedule a session (she’s booked through June so I’d do it ASAP!), you can find her online at KimOrlandini.com. And no, she didn’t compensate me write this post. I wrote it because I think everyone needs to hire her to do their photos (even if you live outside Utah).


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Cajun turkey BLT with chipotle mayo

2014 April 10
by Emily Hill

Disclosure: This sponsored post was written while participating in my partnership with Oscar Mayer and One2One Network but as always, all opinions are my own. I received Deli Fresh BOLD coupons and other related items from Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods.

I’m a sandwich girl. I love all kinds of sandwiches, from your basic PB&J (toasted, of course) to a decked-out Philly cheese steak and everything in between. This Cajun turkey BLT with chipotle mayo was as much fun to eat as it was to photograph.

Okay, maybe even more fun.


Cajun turkey BLT with chipotle mayo


I kicked this Cajun turkey BLT up a notch (do people still say that?) by adding some sliced avocado and a generous dollop of homemade chipotle mayo. That and the soft ciabatta roll in place of our standard wheat bread had me savoring every bite. Oh my. It was good.


Cajun turkey BLT with chipotle mayo


Printable recipe for Cajun turkey BLT with avocado and chipotle mayo below. (You really need to print it if only for that addictive chipotle mayo recipe.)

Cajun Turkey BLT with Chipotle Mayo
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Recipe type: Sandwich
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
A turkey BLT with the addition of avocado and chipotle mayo. You can thank me later.
Ingredients
Sandwich
  • Oscar Mayer Cajun Style Turkey Breast*
  • 1 leaf Romaine lettuce, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and cut in half
  • ¼ avocado, sliced
  • 1 to 2 slices tomato
  • Chipotle mayo
  • Ciabatta roll (or your favorite sandwich bread)
Chipotle mayo
  • 1 to 1½ cups low-fat mayo (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 T adobo sauce (or more to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Chipotle mayo
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Use immediately; refrigerate leftovers.
Sandwich
  1. Layer turkey followed by lettuce, bacon, avocado and tomato. Top with chipotle mayo.
Notes
You could also substitute the new Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh BOLD Chipotle Seasoned Chicken Breast or Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast and still have a scrumptious sandwich!

 

This sandwich features the Oscar Mayer Cajun Style Turkey Breast, one of their new Deli Fresh BOLD flavors. I know every one of their new Deli Fresh BOLD lunch meats is yummy. Why? Because I bought—and ate—their original Mesquite Turkey Breast the minute it hit shelves who knows how many years ago. It’s by far one of my favorite packaged lunch meats, no lie.

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh BOLD

But this sandwich would be just as tasty with any of the new Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh BOLD lunch meats. I’m all about trying the Chipotle Season Chicken Breast or Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast (or both) next time I make this BLT. Just look at the seasoning on those slices of turkey!

I probably won’t share, but you may be able to talk me into giving you a bite.

Maybe. If you’re lucky. And I’m not hangry.


Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh BOLD Italian Style Turkey Herb Breast


As far as the new Maple Honey Ham, I’m thinking slices of maple honey ham paired with a sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato and deli mustard on a soft country bread would be simply amazing. Or a grilled ham and Havarti with smashed avocado. Mmm…

Other than the fantastic flavor, I love how Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh BOLD lunch meats are free from artificial preservatives and flavors. Even better, they’re at least 97 percent fat free.

That last part means you can pile on extra chipotle mayo.

You can check out all the Deli Fresh BOLD options online at OscarMayer.com. You can also find Oscar Mayer on Twitter and Facebook.

And now to get a nice little ditty stuck in your head…

My Cajun turkey has a first name; it’s O-S-C-A-R.
My Cajun turkey has a second namel it’s M-A-Y-E-R.
I love to eat it every day,
And if you ask me why I’ll saaaaaay…
‘Cause Oscar Mayer has a way with C-A-J-U-N-T-U-R-K-E-Y.

Hey, it almost works.


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12 {fave} Easter crafts

2014 April 9
by Emily Hill

I’m well aware of the sheer number of Easter roundups but I couldn’t help posting one of my own. Most of these Easter crafts were spotted on my favorite blogs, and I’m all about sharing my friends’ creativity. Plus many of these look like something even I could do, so you know they’re totally manageable.


Easter crafts roundup

subway art Easter eggs
Love these subway art painted Easter eggs by Lil’ Luna.

burlap bunny table runner
Pretty sure I need this burlap bunny table runner by Eclectically Vintage.

Easter egg countdown
My kids would love this Easter egg countdown by Kojodesigns!

DIY hair ties
My girls need these DIY hair ties from Polkadot Chair to accessorize their Easter dresses.

Easter Math Game
Bring on the Easter candy corn with this Easter math game by Blissful Roots.

carrot inspired mason jar
My table needs this carrot-inspired mason jar from SNAP! Creativity.

bunny banner
This sweet & simple bunny banner from Crafting Chicks adds the perfect Easter touch.

burlap Easter bunnies
Oh my gosh, I die over these burlap Easter bunnies from Landeelu.

Easter chick canvas art
This Easter chick canvas art from Thirty Handmade Days belongs in my kids room. Seriously.

carrot and bunny fingerprint craft
All kinds of fun to be had with this fingerprint carrot and bunny craft from Sassy Dealz.

printable Easter banner
This hop, hop Easter banner from Paging Supermom needs to hop on over to my house!

funny bunny Easter hairdo
Oh. My. Gosh. All three of my girls need this funny bunny Easter hairdo from Simple As That.


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Don’t go mental

2014 April 5
by Emily Hill

Along with my tips and tricks for healthy eating and ideas on how to incorporate more (hopefully enjoyable) exercise into your daily routine, I’m sharing the importance of mental health. Believe me, with four kids ages 6 to 16 and plenty of carpools, cooking and copyediting, I’ve come to understand the important of mental health.

With all the craziness and stress we experience daily, it’s important to unplug and decompress or we can quickly become angry, frustrated, anxious or depressed—or all of the above. Though a sweat-inducing workout is one of my favorite ways to unplug (those endorphins work wonders), top on my list is laughter and some solid time spent with girlfriends.

Girls night out

Girls’ night out–one of my favorite ways to stay mentally healthy.


In “Don’t Go Mental,” I share some of the tools I use to keep my me sane in a very insane world, from crazy fun girls’ nights out to yoga a couple times a week.  And when all else fails, I go with humor. Laughter really is the best medicine.

While checking out the full post, take some time to browse MarsHealthyLiving.com. Mars is striving to make products that not only taste great but that you can feel confident about eating and feeding to your families.  And the site is full of some great information. Go, Mars!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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Grasshopper pie

2014 April 3
by Emily Hill

I’m pretty sure you could figure out how to make a grasshopper pie without my help, but I’m still going to post the recipe because it features my very favorite Oreo crust. It also uses my favorite mint-flavored ice cream, which is Breyer’s Oreos Cookies & Cream Mint.


Grasshopper pie with Oreo crust


This grasshopper pie is a joy to make because it takes such little effort yet is one of my family’s favorite desserts. It’s also a joy to photograph because I always eat a slice post photo shoot. I mean, why put a partially melted slice of perfectly good ice cream back in the freezer?


Grasshopper pie with Oreo crust


It’s too late to eat this “green” ice cream pie for St. Patrick’s Day, but that’s okay because it’s dang good any time of year…even the dead of winter.

Printable recipe for grasshopper pie below.

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Grasshopper Pie
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Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
Ice cream pies are one of my most favorite desserts and this one is by far my fave. The chocolate peanut butter ice cream pie I posted last August is a close second.
Ingredients
Crust
  • 25 Oreo cookies, crushed
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
Pie
  • 1 carton Breyer's Oreo Cookies & Cream Mint ice cream (or your favorite mint ice cream)
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Optional toppings: Hot fudge, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, crushed Oreos
Instructions
Crust
  1. Place crushed Oreo cookies and melted butter in a medium bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Press into a 9-inch pie pan. Set aside.
Pie
  1. Soften ice cream by letting sit on counter for 10 to 15 minutes or microwaving on low power (30%), stirring between 30-second intervals.
  2. Gently scoop into pie crust and spread evenly.
  3. Place in freezer until set (approximately 3 to 4 hours).
  4. Remove a few minutes before serving so ice cream softens enough to slice. Serve topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
Notes
* I like to use my food processor to crush the Oreo cookies. You get a much finer crumb and texture that way, but a good ol' rolling pin and Ziploc bag work well too.


Our family’s other favorite ice cream pie is this chocolate peanut butter ice cream pie with the same delectable Oreo crust. It features Tillamook’s Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream. And it’s to die for.


Chocolate peanut butter ice cream pie with Oreo cookie crust

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